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Coder Abbreviations


ABG arterial blood gas
ABN Advanced Beneficiary Notice used by CMS to notify beneficiary of payment of provider service
ACL anterior cruciate ligament
AD right ear
AFB acid-fast bacillus
AFI amniotic fluid index
AGA appropriate for gestational age
AGCUS atypical glandular cells of undetermined significance
AKA above-knee amputation
ANS autonomic nervous system
APCs Ambulatory Payment Classification, patient classification that provides a payment system for outpatients
ARDs adult respiratory distress syndrome
ARF acute renal failure
ARM artificial rupture of membrane
AS left ear
ASCUS atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance
ASCVD arteriosclerosis cardiovascular disease
ASD atrial septal defect
ASHD arteriosclerotic heart disease
AU both ears
AV atrioventricular
BCC benign cellular changes
BiPAP bi-level positive airway pressure
BKA below-knee amputation
BP blood pressure
BPD biparietal diameter
BPH benign prostatic hypertrophy
BPP biophysical profile
BUN blood urea nitrogen
BV bacterial vaginosis
bx biopsy
C1-C7 cervical vertebrae
ca cancer
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
CBC complete blood (cell) count
CF conversion factor, national dollar amount that is applied to all services paid on the Medicare Fee Schedule basis
CHF congestive heart failure
CHL crown-heel length
CK creatine kinase
CMS center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, formerly HCFA, Health Care Financing Administration
CNM certified nurse midwife
CNS central nervous system
COB coordination of benefits, management of payment between two or more third-party payers for a service
COPD chronic obstruction pulmonary disease
CPAP continuous positive airway pressure
CPD cephalopelvic disproportion
CPK creation phosphokinase
CPP chronic pelvic pain
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
CTS carpal tunnel syndrome
CVA stroke/cerebrovascular accident
CVI cerebrovascular insufficiency
D&C dilation and curettage
D&E dilation and evacuation
derm dermatology
DHHS Department of Health and Human Services
DLCO diffuse capacity of lungs for carbon monoxide
DRGs Diagnosis Related Groups, disease classification system that related the type of inpatients a hospital treats(case mix) to the costs incurred by the hospital
DSE dobutamine stress echocardiography
DUB dysfunctional uterine bleeding
ECC endocervical curettage
EDC estimated date of confinement
EDD estimated date of delivery
EDI electronic data interchange, exchange of data between multiple computer terminals
EEG electroencephalogram
EFM electronic fetal monitoring
EFW estimated fetal weight
EGA estimated gestational age
EGD esophagogastroduodenoscopy
EGJ esophagogastric junction
EMC endometrial curettage
EOB explanation of benefits, remittance advice
EPO Exclusive Provider Organization, paid on a fee for service basis
EPSDT Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment
ERCP endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
ERT estrogen replacement therapy
ESRD end-stage renal disease
FAS fetal alcohol syndrome
FEF forced expiratory flow
FEV1 forced expiratory volume in 1 second
FEV1:FVC maximum amount of forced expiratory volume1 second
FHR fetal heart rate
FI fiscal intermediary, financial agent acting on behalf of a third-party payer
FRC functional residual capacity
FVC forced vital capacity
fx fracture
GERD gastroesophageal reflux disease
GI gastrointestinal
H or E hemorrhage or exudate
HCFA Health Care Financing Administration, now know as the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS))
HCVD hypertensive cardiovascular disease
HD hemodialysis
HDL high-density lipoprotein
HEA Hemorrhage, exudate, aneurysm
HHN hand-held nebulizer
HJR hepatojugular reflux
HPV human papillomavirus
H&P history and physical
HSG hysterosalpingogram
HSV Herpes simplex virus
I&D incision and drainage
IO intraocular
IOL intraocular lens
IPAP inspiratory positive airway pressure
IRDS infant respiratory distress syndrome
IVF in vitro fertilization
IVP intravenous pyelogram
JBP jugular blood pressure
KUB kidney, ureter, bladder
L1-L5 lumber vertebrae
LBBB left bundle branch block
LEEP loop electrosurgical excision procedure
LGA large for gestional age
LLQ left lower quadrant
LP lumbar puncture
LUQ left upper quadrant
LVH left ventricular hypertrophy
MAT multifocal atrial tachycardia
MDI metered dose inhaler
MI myocardial infarction
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MSLT multiple sleep latency test
MVV maximum voluntary ventilation
NCPAP nasal continuous positive airway pressure
NSR normal sinus rhythm
OA osteoarthritis
OD right eye
OS left eye
OU each eye
PAC premature atrial contraction
PAT paroxysmal atrial tachycardia
PAWP pulmonary artery wedge pressure
PCWP pulmonary capillary wedge pressure
PEAP positive end-airway pressure
PEEP positive end-expiratory pressure
PEG percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
PERL pupils equal and reactive to light
PERRL pupils equal, round and reactive to light and accommodation
PFT pulmonary function test
pH symbol for acid/base level
PICC peripherally inserted central catheter
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
PND paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea
PNS peripheral nervous system
PROM premature rupture of membranes
PSA prostate specific antigen
PST paroxysmal supra ventricular tachycardia
PSVT paroxysmal supra ventricular tachycardia
PT prothrombin time
PTCA percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty
PTT partial thromboplastin time
PVC premature ventricular contraction
RA rheumatoid arthritis
RBBB right bundle branch block
RDS respiratory distress syndrome
REM rapid eye movement
RLQ right lower quadrant
RSR regular sinus rhythm
RUQ right upper quadrant
RV respiratory volume
RVG relative value guide
RVH right ventricular hypertrophy
RVS relative value studies, list of procedures with unit values assigned to each ration of respiratory volume to total lung capacity
RV:TLC ratio of respiratory volume to total lung capacity
SHG sonohysterogram
sp gr specific gravity
SROM spontaneous rupture of membranes
subcu, subq, SC, SQ subcutaneous
SUI stress urinary incontinence
SVT supraventricular tachycardia
T1-T12 thoracic vertebrae
TAH total abdominal hysterectomy
TEE trans-esophageal echocardiography
TENS transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
TIA transient ischemic attack
TLC total lung capacity
TLV total lung volume
TM tympanic membrane
TMJ temporomandibular joint
TPA thyroid-stimulating hormone
TSH treadmill stress test
TURBT trans-urethral resection of bladder tumor
TURP trans-urethral resection of prostate
UA urinalysis
UCR usual, customary, reasonable-third party payer assessment of the reimbursement for health care services
UPJ ureteropelvic junction
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
V/Q ventilation/perfusion scan
VBAC vaginal birth after cesarean
WBC white blood count
Created by: coderman